There will be no hunting of coyotes from helicopters in the Mount Naomi Wilderness Area this winter because sheep losses during the summer grazing period were not high enough to warrant aerial predator control, a Forest Service official said.

Stan Miller, range conservationist for the Logan District of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, said Wednesday that 12 of the 1,027 sheep grazing in the area above Cache Valley were reported killed by coyotes.Under an agreement announced last January, helicopter-based coyote hunting was not to be authorized unless sheep losses were at least 11/2 percent of the sheep.

The agreement came after the Utah Wilderness Association objected to aerial hunting in wilderness areas.